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go back to the last page you were on Men named on the Memorial who died in World War 2
from Kings Sutton, Northamptonshire

Parish Church of Saints Peter and Paul

1914-1918      1939-1945

The War Memorial, Kings Sutton, Northamptonshire

Arthur Leonard ADDISON
Stoker 1st Class, HMS Greyhound, Royal Navy. RN no P/KX 93214
He died on 22 May 1941 age 22 when his ship was sunk off Crete
He was the son of Herbert and Gladys Addison of King's Sutton
He has no known grave but is remembered on panel 54, column 3 of the Portsmouth Naval Memorial
A brief summary of HMS Greyhound in WW2
14 Jan 1940 Captured the German merchant Phaedra in the North Sea.
29 May 1940 badly damaged and loaded with some 1000 soldiers rescued from Dunkirk, HMS Greyhound was towed to Dover by the Blyskawica
19 Jan 1941 sank the Italian submarine Neghelli with depth charges off Phalconera in the Aegean Sea after the submarine had attacked a convoy and torpedoed the British transport Clan Cumming
6 Mar 1941 sank the Italian submarine Anfitrite whilst she was attempting to attack the British convoy GA-8 east off Crete.
22 May 1941 HMS Greyhound was bombed from Stuka (Ju-87) dive bombers and sunk in the Kithera Channel about 8 nautical miles north-west of Antikithera Island, Greece during the battle for Crete.
Kenneth John BALDWIN
Guardsman, 1st Battalion, Grenadier Guards Army no. 2623627
He died on 4 April 1945 during the final onslaught on Germany.
He was 20
He was the son of Albert R and Anne G Baldwin of King's Sutton
He is buried in Plot EB Row 1 Grave A3, Groenlo Roman Catholic Cemetery, Holland
In 1999, his medals were sold. The auction description was: Guardsman K. J. Baldwin, Grenadier Guards 1939-45 Star; France and Germany Star; War Medal; together with named condolence slip and card box of issue addressed to Banbury, Oxfordshire, nearly extremely fine 3 E25-35 Guardsman Kenneth John Baldwin's date of death is given as 4 April 1945 whilst serving with the 1st battalion, Grenadier Guards.
Charles Edward BEVIS
Private, 1st Battalion, Durham Light Infantry Army no. 5388677
He died on 27 May 1944 age 27
He was the son of William and Gertrude Bevis of King's Sutton and the husband of Phyllis Bevis also of King's Sutton
He is buried in grave IX C 16 Sangro River War Cemetery, Italy
Philip Leslie BOSWELL
Probably, Craftsman, Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers. Army no. 2321093
He died on 28 September 1944 He is buried in grave I K 11 Naples War Cemetery
Walter Julian FISHER
Captain, 1st Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment) Army no. 63796
He died on 12 December 1940 age 25
He was the son of Lt-Col Julian Lawrence Fisher and Dora Richmond Fisher, of King's Sutton
He is buried in grave XXIX H 13 El Alamein War Cemetery
Additional information
General Wavell launched the first British offensive in North Africa on 9 December 1940 against the Italian forces in Egypt. Sidi Barrani was captured on 10 December and by the end of the month British and Dominion troops entered Libya.
The plan was for the 7th Armoured Division to lead 4th Indian Division and 16th British Infantry Brigade through the 20 mile wide Enba gap between Sofafi (to the south) and Nibeiwa Camp to sweep west and mask Sidi Barrani and the three camps, from the main Italian army, while the 4th Indian with 7th RTR in Matildas went north to overrun the camps and the town.
The 4th Armoured Brigade crossed the coast road on 9 December and 4th Indian Division attacked Tummar camps and isolated Sidi Barrani. At Maktila, Selby Force took the town with naval support from HMS Terror and HMS Aphis.
The 2nd Battalion Cameron Highlanders and 1st/6th Rajputana Rifles soon cracked the defences at Nibeiwa; swept through the camp with bayonet, killing several hundred Italians and taking over 4,000 prisoners. 7th RTR then advanced north to assist 5th Indian Brigade in its assault on a large encampment at Tummar West. The advantage of surprise had been lost, and the attack was hampered by a midday sandstorm.
The first attack by the Royal Fusiliers was pinned down by enemy fire, but the 3rd/1st Punjabis managed to break through the defences and the camp was taken with a further 2,000 prisoners.
The 4th/6th Rajputana Rifles drove off an Italian relief column of tanks and lorried infantry. The attack on Tummar was reinforced by the New Zealand drivers of 4 Motor Company, who having borrowed rifles, charged at the head of the British infantry with cries of "Come on, you Pommie bastards"
10 December, saw the surrender of the now dispirited and isolated Italian garrisons of Tummar East and Point 90. By the evening, over 5,000 prisoners had been taken and, with 7th Hussars cutting of their retreat. In total some 20,000 prisoners were captured, with the British suffering about 700 losses.
The offensive continued until February by which time El Agheila, half way across Libya and well on the way to Tripoli, has been reached.


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Mentioned in Despatches
Captain, Royal Engineers Army no. 245947
He died on 17 January 1945 age 27
He was the son of Herbert and C. E. Jones of Bury St. Edmunds and the husband of Florence Mary Gordon-Jones of Gabalfa, Cardiff.
He is buried in section 7, grave 54 of King's Sutton Cemetery
Clarence Horace HIRONS
Guardsman, 3rd Battalion, Grenadier Guards. Army no. 2622211
He died on 5 February 1943 age 21
He was the son of Benjamin J and Ada E Hirons of King's Sutton
He is buried in grave Sp Mem 3 E 5 Medjez El Bab War Cemetery, Tunisia
Additional information
He died in the build up of the forces that were to attack and hold Tunis within the next few months
No military record has been identified
The Memorial states: Killed in Action in Hong Kong area 1953
This is probably Able Seaman Reginald G Morris Royal Navy. RN no. SSX 835915.
Additional information
On 9 September 1953, Motor Launch ML 1323 Tamar was on patrol in the Pearl River off Hong Kong when it was fired on without warning by a Chinese Communist Ship.
The ship had a displacement of 46 tons, was 72 feet long, had a crew of 14 and was armed with a 40 mm gun and a 20 mm anti aircraft gun Several of the crew were killed, the roll including:
  • Lieutenant Geoffrey C X MERRIMAN
  • Petty Officer Raymond KEYTE, RN no. JX 795885
  • Able Seaman Albert C KNIGHT, RN no. SSX 879526
  • Able Seaman Reginald G MORRIS, RN no. SSX 835915
  • Able Seaman Wilfred D PARNELL, RN no. SSX 836292
  • Able Seaman Ralph SHEARMAN, RN no. JX 842871

In addition Captain E F Gower, Royal Hong Kong Defence Force who was on board as a guest was also killed

There were five survivors

  • Leading Seaman Gordon R Cleaver
  • Stoker Mechanic Kenneth Clarke
  • Stoker Mechanic Eric Milner
  • Ordinary Telegraphist Frank B Flowers
  • Able Seaman Arthur D O'Keefe was seriously wounded
Susan Veronica OTTO
A civilian who died at 74 Ebury Street, London on 16 April 1941
She was 28
She was the daughter of Major John E and Veronica Otto, Astrop Grange, King's Sutton
Oliver George TWYNHAM
Private, 4th Battalion, The Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry, The British Expeditionary Force. Army no. 5387141
He died between 10 May and 23 June 1940 age 21
He was the son of Reuben Jesse and of Susan Harriet Twynham of King's Sutton
He has no known grave but is remembered on column 93 of the Dunkirk Memorial

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